I've struggled with acne since I was 11. I have tried everything for it from Proactiv, to Obagi, to NuSkin, to Avon, to Duac, to Tetrocycline, to Spironilactone, to the pill, to Tazorac, to Murad, to every infomercial I saw, plus I mean literally like a million other "miracle cures" that promised me they would heal and clear my skin forever. Too bad they were all lies. Here's how the process usually went: My skin got worse, then it got a bit better, then it got even worse than it was even before I started using the products.
Can we say #FAIL!?
This happened with ALL OF THEM. My skin was horrible in high school and afterwards, through my early twenties. Things for me got the worst for me as an adult after I got myself healthy and went off the pill in November 2013. That's really when all hell broke loose with my skin.
It took some time but within 6 months or so after getting off the pill my skin was the worst it had ever been in my entire life despite eating squeaky clean paleo. Enter the before pictures I use most often in my transformation pics from summer of 2014 I think around July:
It was a really tough time for me. I was eating really well with Paleo, I was working out by doing Bikram yoga like crazy, I was following all natural topical advice to a T, and I felt like I was doing everything right. But my skin was awful. I had also just gotten a PCOS diagnosis and needless to say I was feeling low.
I read as much as I could, listened to podcasts, and tried to absorb as much info as possible because I was desperate and determined to heal myself 100% naturally. I knew for sure that I was NEVER EVER going to go back to doing things the wrong way with the doctors and dumb topical treatments that never worked because they were just bandaids on a bullet wound. I pulled back from doing bikram, I did multiple Sugar Detoxes, an AIP Whole 30, changed the oil I was using topically, reevaluated by priorities, and most importantly I also changed my internal dialog. Those are just some of the contributing factors.
In addition to all those adjustments, finding an exercise program that actually helped my skin instead of hurting it - dancing, and PiYo (now I've been able to move on to a bunch of others as well) was HUGE for me! Ditching all my amazing, but expensive natural supplements for an all in one nutrient dense, real food based, superfood shake - Vegan Shakeology - was a huge game changer also. This is why I swear by using these products to help everyone heal.
IT WAS SUCH A LONG PROCESS TO FIND BALANCE IN MY LIFE. I HAD TO MAKE A LOT OF ADJUSTMENTS TO CLEAR MY SKIN AND TRULY HEAL MYSELF.
From early 2015 to present day 2016 has been the first time in my life that I have had clear skin using 100% natural methods and not relying on any pill, laser, or skincare 'system'. If you want to read more about my acne journey then read THIS blog post!
Healing acne naturally is hard and complicated and I did it alone. Despite looking for help everywhere, I felt like I never really found anyone who knew my struggle. There was so much trial and error, so many tears and so many mean words towards myself while trying to figure everything out. But now that I've made it through, I'm SO grateful for it all.
I know... I just spent all this time sharing my skin struggles with you and it seems strange that I'm grateful for it right?
But I REALLY am, because there are SO many people out there struggling just like I did. I would not have the life that I have right now without all of this. I would've never become a coach and I would've never found my place in the world. I didn't even really touch on the whole emotional side of having bad acne. When I was in my teens I just assumed it would clear up when I got older but that was unintentionally just another lie fed to me by people who meant well but clearly had no idea what they were talking about. That goes along with all of the horrible acne advice I took over the years. The thousands upon thousands of dollars I've spent towards attempting to heal my skin is insane but I'm happy I did it.
The good news is that NOW I use everything that I've experienced and learned through those experiences to help YOU do the same thing. Which brings me back to my program.
Try It My Way is an opportunity for you to do EXACTLY what it sounds like and follow in my footsteps by trying to clear your skin MY WAY! I'm just asking you to give it a full blown try for at least 90 days. Like really take the plunge and dive in head first. I'll give you all the tools you need to succeed.
On top of that more than anything I want to spread this natural healing of acne, hormones, and PCOS as far and wide as possible. I want people to know that they have options outside of what's spoon fed to them by the media and most doctors about acne because it's all bull shit. Maybe they don't know any better, but that doesn't exactly fix the problem at hand!
I thought of a lot of different ways I could go about helping people to the best of my abilities and I truly believe that this is it. I already have people in this program that are more like my best friends now. I look forward to our video calls every single week - these people are freaking AMAZING! Here is a message I received from one of the girls in this program after our first call:
“SO guess who woke up early to work out and found that exercise endorphins do actually exist?! I’ve never exercised before and felt those wonderful endorphins people talked about! I don’t wake up for anything but I forced myself today and oh boy was I happy ! Also, I wanted to thank you so so much for talking to me last night. I was over the moon bursting with happiness. I was so excited about our convo that I didn’t sleep til so late because I was looking up where to get all the wonderful products you suggested. I called my sister immediately who was anxiously awaiting my call to hear about our conversation and I just gushed for a solid half hour. Like I told you yesterday, I like knowing what to do and not to do and instead of feeling overwhelmed with all the information I felt extremely excited to begin. It’s been hard to get past all the disappointment I have felt not being able to combat my acne, but last night I felt like FINALLY I’m in control and FINALLY I feel like I can do this. I’ve always been optimstic but self doubt always crept it. You made me feel heard and understood, which meant the world to me. You are truly an evolved human, and I feel so lucky to call you my coach....... My mom was excited to hear about our phone call and told me I sound so happy, she’s behind me 100% on this journey. She’s always felt so helpless seeing her daughter struggle so she was happy with my new found commitment. I know this was a long winded message, but thank you thank you thank you. Everything in my body is telling me that I’m on the right track. I hope you have an awesome day and just know that you’ve made mine !!"
— Jessica Gonzalez
That message right there. THAT is why I do what I do. I can't even express to you how much messages like that make my heart BURST with joy, pride, and happiness! No one should have to feel as lost and alone as I felt. If you have acne then I bet you feel alone also, but you don't have to because you're NOT alone! I've simplified everything for you and I want to work with you 1:1 to help you heal yourself naturally. It IS possible, you just have to really be willing to TRY!
Just FYI Jessica has seen great success with this program and she's currently still doing PiYo and using all the tools she and I determined would be best for her including Vegan Shakeology. All of my clients are different so I take different approaches with each and every one!
I promise I don't bite ya'll! But I do only take up to 5 new enrollments a month because of the amount of time I dedicate to each participant and the demand is high!!
if it feels right, and you would like a spot in my try it my way program then please click and complete an application!
From there we will set up a time for a 1:1 45 minute Discovery Call to determine if us working together will be a good fit or not! I cannot wait to chat more soon and hopefully see you in the program!
If you have any further questions, we can discuss them on our call! <3